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Portrait Emerges of Anthrax Suspect’s Troubled Life — Proof7 NYC
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Portrait Emerges of Anthrax Suspect’s Troubled Life

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Inside the Army laboratory at Fort Detrick, the government’s brain for biological defense, Bruce Edwards Ivins paused to memorialize his moment in the spotlight as the anthrax panic of 2001 reached its peak.

Dr. Ivins titled his e-mail message “In the lab” and attached photographs: the gaunt microbiologist bending over Petri dishes of anthrax, and colonies of the deadly bacteria, white commas against blood-red nutrient.

Outside, on that morning of Nov. 14, 2001, five people were dead or dying, a dozen more were sick and fearful thousands were flooding emergency rooms. The postal system was crippled; senators and Supreme Court justices had fled contaminated offices. And the Federal Beurea of Investigations was struggling with a microbe for a murder weapon and a crime scene that stretched from New York to Florida.

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